About the Learning and Development Center

The psychiatrists and psychologists of Mount Sinai’s Learning and Development Center provide state-of-the-art assessment and treatment of attention and learning problems for both children and adults. We partner with our patients’ families and, when necessary, school officials and educational advocates to develop and coordinate the best possible care plan for each patient.

Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluations

Our care begins with a multidisciplinary assessment to determine the best course of treatment. The core of that assessment is a neuropsychological evaluation, which measures areas such as intellectual ability, executive functioning (which includes attention, planning, organization, initiation, and self monitoring), visual and auditory perception, language, memory, motor skills, social perception, and emotional functioning. The evaluation includes the following elements:

  • Analysis of the child's medical, family, and neurodevelopment history
  • Child and parent interviews
  • Psychological testing
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Parent and school feedback
  • Collaboration with schools, therapists, tutors, and educational advocates

When necessary, classroom observations are also done to supplement the testing. Each evaluation culminates in a comprehensive report which integrates the findings of our multidisciplinary team in an easy-to-understand summary. Our staff then meets with each patient and their family to review the results and share our recommendations.

Integrated Learning and Development Treatments

The Learning and Development Center provides a network of psychological and remedial treatment services to meet each child's cognitive, social, and behavioral needs, which may include:

  • Psychotherapy or play therapy
  • Cognitive remediation
  • Parent management training
  • School-based or social anxiety support

When appropriate, our staff will be in communication with schools and other professionals involved with the child. If requested by the parents, we can coordinate our treatment plan with the school, provide consultation to the school, and attend CSE meetings.

The specialized staff of the Learning and Development Center is skilled in personalizing these services to best meet the needs of each child or adult coming to us for treatment. Our goal is to effectively partner with our patients to provide the coordinated care they need to attain their highest level of function.